988’s debut film earns RM1mil in a week

Family affair: (From left) Chan, Ng and Chu in a scene from ‘A House Of Happiness’.

Family affair: (From left) Chan, Ng and Chu in a scene from ‘A House Of Happiness’.

PETALING JAYA: Local Chinese-language radio station 988 has much to celebrate, with its first feature film A House of Happiness earning RM1mil at the box office in its first week of release.

The film, which was released on the eve of Chinese New Year last week, played in 88 cinemas nationwide.

The heartwarming family comedy is helmed by new director J.Y. Teng.

“Many thanks to fans for helping the movie achieve a decent box office collection despite stiff competition from foreign releases.

“We hope the positive word-of-mouth reviews will continue to attract viewers,” Teng said.

The Chinese New Year screening slot in cinemas is usually competitive with local and international releases vying for ticket sales.

Rave reviews from critics and movie enthusiasts have managed to bolster the box office collection for A House of Happiness.

The film stars Hong Kong actor Richard Ng and Ipoh-born Hong Kong-based comedian Mimi Chu as an endearing old couple who bicker all the time.

Ng plays Uncle Shui, an elderly ice-cream seller with Alzheimer’s, while Chu plays Aunt Ha, his long-suffering wife.

Supporting acts include Malay­sian actors Steve Yap, Lim Ching Miau and Louisa Chong, and 988 deejays Chan Fong, Cheryl Lee, Sam Mak, Hau Min, Anson Kow, Jason Poon, Cassey Soo, Cynthia Tan, Sean Lee, Piao Min and Danny One.

988 fans have also been leaving favourable comments on social media, commending the deejays.

A House of Happiness is jointly presented by Be World Class Management, HK Media and 988, produced by Lomo Pictures Sdn Bhd and sponsored by Gamuda Land, Bee Cheng Hiang and Cuckoo.

A House of Happiness is set for release in China in March. 988 is part of the Star Media Radio Group.

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